Tonight, the level of adoration for “Da Coach” will be unprecedented when his No. 89 is retired by the Chicago Bears during halftime of the Monday Night Football game (8:25 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN) against the Dallas Cowboys. continue reading…
posted by Allie Stoneberg on December 9, 2013 1:00 PM
Before Bears retire his No. 89 jersey on MNF, ESPN’s Mike Ditka shares memories of his Chicago heyday
posted by Leanne Cozart on November 26, 2013 4:05 PM
Editor’s note: Leanne Cozart works for ESPN’s Creative Services, helping produce graphics, animation, and other on-air elements for the network. She also has experience working for the NFL and Arena Football. She writes about her experience job shadowing ESPN New York reporter Jane McManus for a day.
From the day I started working at ESPN back in August, I’ve been eager to learn as much as I can about the company. Something I discovered early is that there are ample opportunities to experience different things. Having done some football writing as an intern with the Oakland Raiders and Arena Football League, I was eager to shadow someone at ESPN who reports on the NFL. After several informational meetings and doing some networking within the company, I was fortunate to connect with ESPN New York reporter Jane McManus.
I corresponded with Jane and we picked a date for me to shadow her at the New York Jets facility. I drove from Connecticut to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in New Jersey and met Jane. She was kind enough to share her day on the job as an ESPN NFL beat writer. continue reading…
posted by Joe Walsh on November 22, 2013 9:56 AM
Before we get to your questions, we wanted to remind everyone about the great weekend of college sports coming up across ESPN networks. In college football, nine of the top 10 teams in the BCS Standings will be on an ESPN network or platform. The men’s college basketball slate is packed with tournament title games tonight through Sunday. It’s a perfect way to get ready for ESPN’s Feast Week Presented By Lowe’s, which starts Monday with the tip-off of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Highlights from 30 years of the Maui Invitational are featured in the video above.
Now onto your questions . . .
How do you select which anchors appear in the “This is SportsCenter” commercials? – Rachel continue reading…
posted by Jennifer Cingari on November 20, 2013 11:30 AM
As seen in the video above, one lucky fan in yesterday’s SportsNation audience took home a customized Seattle Seahawks Edition Xbox One. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joined co-hosts Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley in ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center to promote the highly anticipated new Xbox One.
If you’re a fan of SportsNation, you probably have noticed the frequent incorporation of video games, consoles and culture into the show. There’s the giveaways, as when each member of the studio audience received a copy of “Call of Duty: Ghosts”; there’s the annual SportsNation/Madden Cover Vote campaign; and once, Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley went to E3 2013 to report on the expo’s happenings.
Front Row sat down with Coordinating Producer Whit Albohm to talk about the connection:
SportsNation frequently incorporates the video game industry on the show. Why does it work? continue reading…
posted by Bill Hofheimer on November 15, 2013 1:50 PM
Chris Berman has been the face of ESPN’s NFL studio coverage for more than 30 years. He’s the host and quarterback of Sunday NFL Countdown (10 a.m. ET, ESPN) and Monday Night Countdown (6:30 p.m., ESPN) pregame shows, as well as Monday Night Football halftime and Sunday evening highlight segments on SportsCenter.
On special occasions, Berman visits team facilities to interview coaches or players – as he once did regularly in the early years of ESPN. Last week presented one of those opportunities as he traveled to Kansas City, where he visited head coach Andy Reid, who leads the Chiefs – the NFL’s lone remaining undefeated team (9-0) – into a weekend showdown against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (8-1).
Berman’s conversation with Reid airs this weekend on Sunday NFL Countdown, and excerpts can be seen beginning at 6 p.m. tonight through Saturday morning on SportsCenter’s popular Two Minute Drill. He discusses his visit to Kansas City with Front Row and how he got to know Reid many years ago.
When did you first get to know Reid? continue reading…
posted by Front Row Staff on November 14, 2013 11:15 AM
ESPN extends thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of our former colleague, Todd Christensen. A five-time Pro Bowl tight end who won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, Christensen died Wednesday from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57.
A 10-year NFL standout, Christensen played 136 of his 137 career games for the Raiders and led the league in single-season receptions twice before retiring after the 1988 campaign. In 1995, the former BYU star joined ESPN as a college football commentator for several years.
SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy, a former play-by-play partner of Christensen’s at ESPN, hailed his friend on Twitter: continue reading…
posted by David Scott on November 7, 2013 2:30 PM
posted by David Scott on November 4, 2013 9:43 AM
The Monday Lineup: 6 ESPN moments from the weekend and for the week ahead; PLUS Skip Bayless on how Robert Smith’s emotional First Take appearance came to be
Some of what you may have missed over the weekend and what’s coming up from ESPN:
On Friday’s First Take (10 a.m. ET, daily on ESPN2), ESPN college football analyst Robert Smith had a candid conversation with Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Cari Champion about his battle with alcohol addiction in the wake of San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith being reinstated after undergoing rehab for substance abuse.
Bayless is known to speak openly about his parents’ struggles with alcoholism. After many talks with Bayless about his own recovery from alcoholism, Smith made the decision to go on First Take (video above) to offer some insight and advice on what he calls a mental illness. continue reading…
posted by Dan Quinn on October 28, 2013 3:34 PM
The particular expertise of Stephania Bell, ESPN.com senior writer and host of ESPN Radio’s Fantasy Focus, perfectly complements Drs. Kaplan and Adickes on ESPN’s “medical staff.” With more than 20 years of experience in orthopedics and sports medicine, Bell’s insight allows her to convey post-injury expectations to ESPN viewers.
“I’ve seen firsthand how athletes recover from injury — some constantly press the envelope and challenge previously established timetables, like Adrian Peterson, while others may struggle to regain their pre-injury form,” said Bell, who received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami.
“The fantasy sports audience has an insatiable thirst for injury information since it’s so critical to setting weekly lineups, and as a long-time fantasy player myself, I can identify with them,” Bell said. “They have incorporated terms like ‘Lisfranc’ into their sports vernacular and recognize why high ankle sprains can be tricky. For me, one of the biggest rewards is getting emails or Tweets from fans saying, ‘Thanks for explaining that. Now I understand what that injury really means.’”
With NFL fans seemingly spending more time fretting over X-ray results than game results, ESPN has enlisted another medical correspondent — Dr. Mark Adickes, Co-Medical Director of the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
“With the rash of injuries in the NFL this season, we felt it was imperative to enhance that part of our reporting,” said Senior Vice President and Director of News Vince Doria. “Dr. Adickes provides us someone with the unique combination of professional football playing experience and an impressive medical background.” continue reading…
posted by Mac Nwulu on October 18, 2013 4:44 PM
For his first Sunday NFL Countdown interview assignment, Ray Lewis welcomes former Ravens coordinator, current Jets head coach Rex Ryan
Two-time Super Bowl champion turned ESPN analyst Ray Lewis ranks as one of the top linebackers in NFL history. His ascension to first ballot Hall of Fame status during his 17 NFL seasons is a credit to Lewis’ own work ethic and to the coaches who guided him along the way.
Few of those coaches were as instrumental to his success as Rex Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens. This week, Lewis and Ryan reunited as the current New York Jets head coach sat for a one-on-one conversation – Lewis’ first interview assignment as a member of ESPN’s award-winning Sunday NFL Countdown. continue reading…